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Fatigue Epidemic: 5 Main Areas That Need To Be Addressed

By April 28, 2022May 9th, 2022Healthy Living

You’re probably reading this because you’re feeling tired, even after getting a good night’s sleep. Fatigue has become an epidemic in our society, and it’s time to address the five main areas that are contributing to it. By understanding what’s causing your fatigue and making some simple changes, you can feel more alert and energize throughout the day. So let’s get started!

The fatigue epidemic. What can be done about it? 

Fatigue is in the top three concerns I hear about on a weekly basis. 

  • “Dr. Purcell, I feel exhausted.”
  • “I’m tired all the time.”
  • “I’m drinking way too much coffee. I can’t make it through the day without caffeine.”
  • “I wake up tired after getting eight hours of sleep.”
  • “Oh, Dr. Purcell, my sleep is all messed up.”
  • “My brain doesn’t turn on. I feel like I can not shake this fog.” 

All these and more are part of the stories I hear from people just like you. Here’s Jenny’s story.

She came to us feeling exhausted. She heard about us through one of her family members.

She would sleep nine to 10 hours a night and still feel like she hadn’t slept. She wasn’t hungry in the morning. She would typically skip breakfast and have coffee, instead. She had a hard time shaking off the brain fog, which would last until lunch. She had gained 25 pounds over the last year and overall she had 50 lbs to lose to get to her ideal weight.

She couldn’t fit into any of her clothes. She applied for a new position at work and she was just concerned. She says, “I don’t have any professional clothes. I feel like I’m this is not my body. I’m a high achiever and driven. But now I feel like I have no confidence.” Her self-talk was very negative and rightfully so.

She just didn’t feel like herself. We worked together for three months to uncover the underlying cause of her fatigue. We built a food and sleep plan for her as well. Together we developed her a morning routine. 

We got her on specific supplementation. She learned how to help her body. She learned what to do so that she could be in control of her health moving forward. In our last conversation, she mentioned how grateful she was that she had even recommended a family member to call our office. 

I often say women’s health is complicated. With chronic conditions like fatigue, health is not linear. It’s not black and white, or A to Z. It’s circular. That means, more than one thing is contributing to fatigue.

Five Main Areas to Look Into when Dealing with Fatigue 

When it comes to fatigue, there are five main areas that need to be addressed. All of these can contribute to feeling tired and they need to be examined. If we only look at one, we missed the boat on the four others.


  • Hormones.

Hormones need to be properly tested and balanced. But what are the hormones we need to be focused more on? 


  1. Blood sugar (insulin and glucagon). We have to balance our blood sugar by eating consistently. This feeds glucose to our brain and it keeps things pretty steady. This eliminates the high and low blood sugar fluctuations that can really drain our energy during the day. 
  2. Thyroid hormones. If your thyroid is under-functioning, you’re definitely going to be feeling tired. There are a lot of low-functioning thyroids that are not being properly done. 
  3. Adrenals. If you’re stressed out so much that your adrenals are fatigued, they release cortisol. You’re going to feel very drained and wanna rely on coffee.
  4. Low estrogen and progesterone can interfere with sleep. And this plays a huge part in our daily function and our energy.

If hormones are off, it can really throw your system for a loop and leave you feeling less than stellar. 

1. Digestive health and function.

A weakened digestive system takes energy from the body to break down the food. We’ve all had that feeling before where we just feel like things are “pooling” in our digestive system. This is called inflammation, and it’s a source of major discomfort that can lead to a host of other problems. When our digestive system is inflamed, it’s not able to function properly. This lowers our energy levels and makes it difficult to digest food. In addition, inflammation can also cause bloating, gas, and cramping.

2. Sleep. 

Getting good sleep is essential in order to have a good next step. It doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink. It’s not going to replace a good night’s sleep. You have to be sure to shut down each night at a reasonable hour to signal to your body that you are ready to sleep. It is a good idea to follow a consistent sleep routine each night. 

3. Nutrients. 

Many of us are deficient in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that affect our ability to generate energy from inside us. Remember that energy needs to come from within, not from an external source, such as a drive-through coffee line.

B vitamins, iron, and Vitamin C are essential components for cellular and hormone production in the body. When we have good amounts of these, we can get the energy from the diet we take in.

4. Self-care.

Are you constantly doing things for others? Are you having a hard time taking any time for yourself? This is the pitfall of being a woman. It’s also a very slippery slope. If this is you, please remember: “No.” is a full sentence. It’s important to say no, and then go do something for you. The point is you don’t have to live with feeling miserable any longer. 

Break free from exhaustion

There are reasons behind your ills. There’s a way to break free of your brain fog and your exhaustion. If you’re wanting to take charge of your health this year, I am here for you. This is my calling and the way I serve the world. There’s a reason that you’re here watching this. This message could be for you or someone you know. Pass this on to someone you know who could benefit from this information.


I want you to have your light shine brighter out into the world. There really is no medication for low energy, other than speed. If you want help and you’re sticking tired of being sick and tired, go ahead and reach out to us. In the 20 years, I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped thousands of women get their health back and have more energy.


The fatigue epidemic is real and it’s time to do something about it. These five main areas are a great place to start, but they barely scratch the surface of what needs to be done. If you want help sorting through all of this and creating an action plan that works for you, we’re here for you. Schedule your discovery call today and let us help you take back your energy!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.